December 14th is the day when Peter Jackson will unleash the first of his Hobbit films, but that doesn't mean it's practically in the can. Jackson is bunkering down in the Park Road Post Production facility in Wellington, New Zealand to finish up the first in the trilogy, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey.
"It's due to be completed literally two days before the premiere. Hopefully," Jackson comments in the film’s latest production video (below). "You're going to see a lot of sleep-deprived people in this blog — everybody’s working around the clock to get the film finished."
The behind the scenes look shows Jabez Olssen and Jackson editing the film, final construction of hundreds of CGI shots and working on sound effects for the feature which stars Martin Freeman, Ian McKellen, Richard Armitage, Cate Blachett and Elijah Wood.
"We’ve got another three weeks...and then another couple films,” Jackson said. “The journey’s long from over, it’s just really starting."
Meanwhile, a new clip from the film also rolled out. The scene shows Gandalf (Ian McKellen) giving a magical sword to Bilbo Baggins (Martin Freeman). It's rather quick and Gandalf seems to forewarn of its pending need.
Peter Jackson interview: